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COVID-19 Information

 

Floyd County COVID-19 Hotline Ph#812-981-7610 / IND. Dept of Health Hotline Ph#877-826-0011 


POSSIBLE COVID-19 EXPOSURE

If you visited the following locations, you may have been exposed to COVID-19:

Baptist Lab Phlebotomy Station Suite 100
1919 State Street, New Albany IN 47150
Dates: 3/17/2020- 3/18/2020

Spring Valley Funeral Home
1218 E. Spring Street, New Albany IN 47150
Dates: 3/23/2020

Baptist Health Medical Group Family Medicine (Northgate)
3605 Northgate Court, New Albany IN 47150
Dates: 03/16/2020

If you begin to experience symptoms, please contact the Floyd County Health Department at 812-948-4726 or the COVID-19 hotline at 812-981-7610. 

 


 Govenor's Executive Order (Stay at Home Order)

On March 6, 2020 the Indiana Governor issued Executive Order 20-02, which declared that a public health emergency exists throughout the State of Indiana as a result of the Coronavirus.

Click here to view and read the Executive Order

 


 

Please Stay Home if Not Essential

The Floyd County Health Department is strongly encouraging citizens to follow the Governor’s instructions to limit non-essential travel and activity in our community.

First responders have not noted the expected significant reduction in traffic, although some decrease in road volume has been noted.

“We need everyone’s help,” stated Dr. Tom Harris, the Floyd County Health Officer. He urges people to avoid trips that can be postponed or are not critical. “Less people out and about translates to fewer chances to spread the illness, thus resulting in the desired flattening of the infection curve. People should ask themselves is this trip really necessary?”

If you have questions about essential activities, jobs, and businesses, please check our website: www.floydcounty.in.gov or the Governor’s website: www.in.gov/gov. You can always call the Floyd County Health Department at (812) 948-4726.

 


 

Closure Mandate Per Floyd County Health Officer Effective March 23, 2020   9:00 PM

In an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Dr. Thomas Harris, Floyd County Health Officer, does hereby order a mandate for all non-essential retail services to close walk-in service to the public.

This includes, but may not be limited to:  automobile dealers (with exception of services), furniture stores, electronic & appliance stores (with the exception of services), cosmetic stores, personal care stores, salons & barber shops, tattoo parlors, clothing & shoe stores, jewelry stores, sporting goods stores, music shops, book stores, hobby/craft stores, florists, office supply/stationary/gift stores, libraries, fitness centers, karate schools and auctions.

Exemptions to this mandate are as follows:  auto & appliance repair services, car rentals, home & garden supply dealers, banks, credit unions & other financial services, grocery & markets, liquor stores, pharmacies, gas stations, supercenters, pet stores, and curbside & carryout food services.

All non-essential retail services shall remain closed, beginning March 23, 2020, 9:00 p.m., until further notification from the Floyd County Health Department.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience.  Together we will prevail.

Thomas M. Harris, MD, FACEP
Floyd County Health Officer

 


 

New Public Health Announcement

March 23rd, 2020

The Floyd County Health Department has announced the need for closure of Barber Shops, Salons, Spas, Tattoo Parlors, and Nail Salons. There is a high risk of transmission with these facilities. The anticipated closure time is two weeks. However, this may change as circumstances change.

If any information is needed, please contact the Floyd County Health Department, 9812-948-4726, ext. 656. The COVID-19 Hotline number is: 812-981-7610.

 


 

Guidance on child cares remaining open/closing in light of COVID-19 pandemic

March 21, 2020

Child care is an essential service. This means that the operations of child care are necessary to continue to support the function of societal operations.

Click here for more information on Child Care Operations

 


 

The FC Health Department is announcing a pilot project to test for COVID-19

We will be using a drive-thru format. Initially, the testing will be done in the parking lot of the Floyd County Health Department. This testing will only be done on prescreened patients. If you are currently testing, please continue this practice. Our tests will be run by a non-governmental lab. The intent is to identify and test patients that do not require immediate hospitalization.

The patients will be prescreened by the primary care provider or the Floyd County Health Department. The patient will then be given an arrival time. We are not doing on demand testing; the prescreening process is essential to avoid delays and wasted, unnecessary tests.

On arrival, the patient will have a copy of their government ID and insurance card (if available) made using an electronic device. We will ask them for contact numbers. A swab will be done of the nasopharynx. We will notify the patient of test results. We anticipate the testing process itself will take less than five minutes. The results may take several days to return.

We would like to emphasize that this process will not test people who show up without prescreening. We will not initially be testing walk-ins. Our initial service hours start on the 20th will be 12 p.m. until 3 p.m.

This testing plan is a project in evolution. We will update you on changes in hours, format, and testing procedures. If you have any questions, please contact us at (812) 948-4726, ext. 656 

Thomas M. Harris, MD, FACEP
Floyd County Health Officer

 


Two New Adult Identified Cases of COVID-19

March 20th

Floyd County Health Department is announcing two new adult identified cases of COVID-19 disease in Floyd County. This makes a total of five identified cases in Floyd County. The last two patients are on home quarantine and have not been admitted to the hospital.

An epidemiologic investigation has been initiated.

If further information is needed please contact the Floyd County Health Department at 812-948-4726.

 


 

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus

Avoid Coronavirus Scams

Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay:

  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores.
  • Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.

Click here for more information and recommendations from the Federal Trade Commission

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Update on Floyd County Court Operations

Updated from the Floyd County Circuit and Superior Courts and Magistrate Court

March 19th

CONTACTS:
Circuit Court (812) 948-5455
Superior Court 1 (812) 948-5450
Superior Court 2 (812) 948-5488
Superior Court 3 (812) 948-5257
Magistrate Court (812) 948-5486
Floyd County Clerk (812) 948-5411

The Judges of the Floyd Circuit and Superior Courts and the Floyd County Magistrate have received an Order from the Indiana Supreme Court on their Petition pursuant to Administrative Rule 17, which was filed in response to the emergency caused by COVID-19. A copy of the Supreme Court Order is attached to this press release for publication. Pursuant to the Order which gives all of the Floyd County Judges and Magistrate broad discretion on how to handle cases pending in his or her court, the Judges and Magistrate are currently evaluating all cases individually for handling. Thus, if you have a case pending with a hearing date, you must appear in Court unless otherwise notified by the Court. Attorneys and litigants are also encouraged to check the status of individual cases on mycase.in.gov and by contacting the court.

It continues to be ordered, in an effort to reduce exposure to COVID-19, that only named parties and defendants and their attorneys should come to court hearings. Members of the public who need to do court business or business in the Clerk's Office in the City-County Building are ordered to only come into the building to do essential tasks which cannot wait until the current COVID-19 health emergency concludes. Family members and friends of litigants and of those doing court business or business in the Clerk's Office are ordered to stay home or remain outside City-County Building. Any litigant who is sick should request a continuance.

 


 

Third Case of COVID-19 Case in Floyd County

March 19th

Floyd County Health Department is announcing a third adult identified case of COVID-19 disease in Floyd County. The patient had been identified as a possible contact before arrival at the hospital and was treated under protocols from arrival at the emergency department at Baptist Floyd through admission. The patient remains hospitalized.

An epidemiologic investigation has been initiated.

If further information is needed please contact the Floyd County Health Department at 812-948-4726.

 


 


2nd Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Floyd County

March 16th

The Floyd County Health Department is announcing a second confirmed case of COVID-19 disease in Floyd County. The patient had been identified as a possible contact before arrival at the hospital and was treated under protocols from arrival at the emergency department at Baptist Floyd through admission. The patient remains hospitalized.

An epidemiologic investigation has been initiated.

If further information is needed please contact the Floyd County Health Department at 812-948-4726.

 


 

COVID-19 Patient Press Release

March 15th

The Floyd County Health Department has confirmed that a resident of Floyd County has tested positive for Covid-19.  This individual is now being treated at Baptist Health Floyd. Within the last week the patient was identified to have attended the following events: 

(The patient is not a student and is an adult individual.)

  • Northside Christian Church, 3/8/2020, 11:30 service
  • IHSAA Boys Basketball Sectionals at Seymour High School on 3/7/2020
  • Color Guard Competition at Floyd Central High School on 3/7/2020
  • High School wrestling match at Floyd Central High School on 3/1/2020
  • Attended Caesar’s Casino of Southern Indiana on the following dates: 2/25/2020 thru 2/29/2020 and again from 3/3/2020 thru 3/7/2020 8a-4p on all days listed.
  • Tri County Shrine Club, 6:00pm-10:00pm on 02/18/2020, 02/25/2020, and 03/10/2020.

If you were present at these facilities and have developed fever, cough, weakness, and diarrhea, please self-quarantine and contact your primary care provider for additional guidance.

If you do not have a primary care physician, please call the Indiana State Department of Health at: 317-233-7125 / after hours 317-233-1325

 


 

Gov. Holcomb Announces More Steps to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Press Release - March 16th

INDIANAPOLIS — In a continuing effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Eric J. Holcomb has announced additional efforts.

The governor and other state officials will conduct a COVID-19 briefing today at 2:30 p.m. in the south atrium of the Indiana Statehouse with the latest updates on testing and cases.

Here are additional directives from Governor Holcomb.

  • Indiana will adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for large events and mass gatherings. The guidance recommends no in-person events of more than 50 people. Here is a link to the guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html
  • Under the current guidance for schools, 273 public school districts are closed, using e-learning days, or on spring break and have announced a future closure. The Department of Education is working with the remaining 16 school corporations to determine their next steps and needs
  • Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are required to close to in-person patrons and may provide take-out and delivery services through the end of March
  • Hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers should cancel and/or postpone elective and non-urgent surgical procedures immediately. This action will help the healthcare system conserve resources and personnel necessary to meet emerging health needs
    • Physicians should continue to perform critical procedures necessary to prevent short-term and/or long-term adverse effects to their patients’ overall health
  • The state’s Emergency Operations Center has been raised to a Level 1 status and will work in conjunction with the incident command center at the Indiana State Department of Health for planning, coordination, predictive analysis and other functions
  • State employees will maximize the use of remote work and meet virtually whenever possible while maintaining operations. Non-essential in-person meetings will be limited to 10 persons or less and should meet virtually whenever possible. High-risk individuals should not attend meetings in person
  • State employees over the age of 60 with underlying health conditions are advised to work from home, and agencies should identify work that can be accomplished remotely for those individuals
  • The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, which are closed on Mondays, will close to the public beginning Tuesday
  • The visitors center at White River State Park will close
  • Indiana state parks and recreation centers, including state park inns, remain open. Restaurants will convert operations to take-out and delivery
  • State agencies already are developing remote work plans for employees and will continue to implement them while maintaining necessary state services. Employees who work outdoors are encouraged to practice social distancing
  • The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has suspended rules requiring certain unemployment insurance claimants to physically appear at a Work One location to engage in reemployment services for the next four weeks. This will ensure that individuals who may be symptomatic do not have to physically appear to continue their unemployment insurance eligibility
    • The DWD will also request flexibility under federal and state law to expand eligibility for claimants and ease burdens on employers.
  • The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will postpone the inaugural Indiana Global Economic Summit, scheduled for April 26-28
  • Communities are encouraged to work together to provide child care options for all who need assistance and delivery services of meals and other necessities for senior citizens
  • Hoosiers who can donate blood are encouraged to visit local blood centers. Blood supplies are low. Please follow the guidance at www.redcross.org

More information may be found at the ISDH website at https://on.in.gov/COVID19 and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

 


 

CDC Recomendations on Social Gatherings

The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta has issued additional information regarding and recommendations social gatherings.

Issued last night, the guidance for cancelling or postponing all events that involve more than 50 people for the next 8 weeks, throughout the United States. Examples of large events and mass gatherings includes conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assembly. The directive does not apply to “the day to day operations of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses.

The objective of this plan is to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in areas already affected by the virus.

Events of any size should only be considered if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines that protect vulnerable populations, allow good hygiene, and comply with social distancing. Virtual events are not affected.

Further information is available at the CDC website www.CDC.gov or by calling the Floyd County Health Department at 812-948-4726.

Thomas M. Harris, MD, FACEP
Floyd County Health Dept. 

 


 

The Floyd County Health Department Recommends the following:

  • Thorough handwashing: washing hands vigorously for 30 seconds using plenty of soap and warm water
  • Avoid touching your face: keep hands away from eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home if you are ill: allow flexibility for sick staff members to stay home and provide opportunities to work remotely if possible
  • Avoid physical contact: instead of shaking hands, practice safer interactions like elbow bumping
  • Advise any staff or clients experiencing symptoms to call their provider’s office prior to going in for care


IU Health Virtual Clinic Offers free Coronavirus Screening

IU Health has launched a virtual clinic to offer individuals in Indiana regardless of age free Coronavirus (COVID-19) screenings using the IU Health Virtual Visit app. Staffed 24/7 with IU Health physicians, advance practice providers and registered nurses, the clinic will screen patients from home, potentially eliminating the need to visit physician offices, urgent cares or emergency departments.

The team will recommend and facilitate appropriate pathways for care, and provide direct access and communication with local hospitals as medically appropriate.

How can you access the hub?

  1. Download the free IU Health Virtual Visits app (Google Play or iTunes) or enroll on your computer.
  2. Enroll by creating a free login and completing your personal profile.
  3. Connect with the virtual hub, select “Coronavirus Screen” and find the appropriate pathway for care.

Be sure to allow access to your camera and microphone if you are using the app. If you are connecting via desktop, be sure to test your computer settings.

Source: https://iuhealth.org/news-hub/iu-health-virtual-clinic-offers-free-coronavirus-screening

 


 

EPA’s List of Registered Disinfectants for Use Against Covid-19

Click here to view List of Registered Disinfectants